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MSNBC
Nov 5, 2013 12:00am EST
a new study of the republicans' changes to the voting laws in texas. they have found that the draconian new i.d. law that republicans passed in that state is essentially a prescription calibrated precisely to solve republicans' problems in texas. look at how this works in texas counties. take williamson county and hidalgo county. both of them have less than a million people. but williamson county is pretty well off and it's pretty white, 65% white, which is pretty white for texas. hidalgo county is a really poor county and the population there is 92% minority. the "ap" today goes through the records from both counties and they found that, hmm in the mostly white county, less than 3% of the voters in that county are going to have any trouble with the new i.d. law. people in that county have the i.d. that you need to be able to vote. but in hidalgo county, the percentage of voters, legal voters, who will no longer be allowed to vote because they don't have the right i.d., that's over 9%. problem solved, right? same thing holds true in the big counties, in the urban counties, lik
MSNBC
Oct 30, 2013 11:00am EDT
know the health care law included a hardship exemption from the individual mandate. yet the administration has failed to finalize the application form for the hardship exemption three and one-half years after we passed this law. as of today, can an individual apply for a hardship exemption from the individual mandate on healthcare.gov, yes or no? >> i don't know. >> i do, it's no. on october 15th, politico reported that if the online system for getting into obama care coverage is rickety, the system for getting out of the mandate doesn't even exist yet. hhs says it will take another month at least for the administration to finalize the forms for the hardship exemption from the individual mandate. why has it taken three and one-half years to finalize a simple application form for an exemption from the individual mandate? >> well, sir, as you know the individual mandate is not in place until next year. we have made it very clear that if somebody is medicaid eligible in a state that doesn't choose -- >> my last question an my last second. an estimated 16 million people in the i
MSNBC
Oct 28, 2013 10:00pm EDT
in court when provisions of that law were found unconstitutional. one third of clinics were set to close their doors when the law would have gone into effect. one provision required doctors performing abortions to have admitting privileges of a hospital within 30 miles of that abortion facility. federal district judge wrote the admitting privileges provision of house bill 2 does not bear a rational relationship to the legitimate right of the state in preserving and promoting fetal life or a woman's health and in any event places a substantial obstacle in the path of a woman seeking an abortion of a non-viable fetus and is thus an undue burden to her. the judge struck down some of the law's restriks on the use of pills used to induce apportion. wendy davis issued this warning during her filibuster of the bill. >> i'd say if you vote for this bill you're simply happy to ignore medical science and watch women and children die for no reason. >> texas families are stronger and healthier when women across the state have access to quality health care. i would rather see our tax dollars sp
MSNBC
Nov 4, 2013 6:00pm EST
senate republicans are expected to vote against a gay rights law that would ban discrimination against gay and lesbian employees in the workplace. that's 39 republicans who didn't get the memo. why? because they haven't learned anything. what about women's rights? republican senator lindsey graham is now launching a new fight against a woman's right to choose. calling for a 20-week abortion ban. >> i've been a pro-life member of congress since day one. i'm proud to lead this charge. >> todd akin was once proud to lead this charge. how'd that work out? again, they haven't learned anything. and this extreme ideology is particularly bad. look at virginia. the republican candidate for governor ken cuccinelli is as far right as they come. he thinks same-sex relationships are immoral, wants to ban abortions with no exception, and once said it's possible the president was born in kenya. and he's plunging in the polls. 12 points behind. so why is that? president obama was in virginia over the weekend with the answer. >> you've seen on extreme faction of the republican party that has sh
MSNBC
Nov 2, 2013 4:00pm EDT
ruling forcing abortion clinics to close. now, it is the same law that now texas gubernatorial candidate wendy davis filibustered this year. the author of the decision, appointee of president george w. bush. and then yesterday the d.c. circuit took aim at obama care and found private employers can refuse to provide health plans that give access to birth control under the affordable care act. the authority of that decision, justice rogers-brown. another bush w. appointee. judge brown, if employers oppose birth control on religious grounds, what about viagra? but i digress. brown and owen are not just any appointees but both put on the bench in 2005 after only a two-year democratic delay of their nominations. republicans threatened the use the nuclear option to vote them through with a simple majority. that led to something that we rarely hear about, a deal. seven democrats, seven republicans. the gang of 14. they came together and decided from then on judicial nominees would only be filibustered under extraordinary circumstances. ideology not being one of them and that is the de
MSNBC
Nov 4, 2013 11:00am EST
benefits of this law, and this outreach is coming as the administration keeps getting hit with headlines like this in "usa today." small firms race health deadline. in the "washington post" sticker shock leads to anger. add to all of this that the associated press now estimating that more than three million people have already received cancellation notices from their insurers. >> why did not you or somebody else say to him, mr. president, don't say no matter what, you're going to keep your health care plan? >> hindsight is 20/20. >> that's why you're there is to say it's not hindsight. >> re-election rival and former governor mitt romney and on "meet the press" this weekend where he accused the president of dishonesty and had this warning about the president's second term. >> i think the key thing that the president is trying to get away from and that is that he told people they could keep their insurance and that was not the truth. and whether you like the model of obama care or not, the fact that the president sold it on a basis that was not true has undermined the foundation
MSNBC
Nov 1, 2013 9:00am EDT
fix campaign cash laws that set washington on a course for dysfunction. good morning. it's friday, november 1st. i'm always thinking about another race ahead and another contest. at 1600. let's start with the first reads of the morning. we will talk weekly round up of all things. hillary clinton is not exactly hunkering down and keeping a low profile. in case you missed it, she has an aggressive fall schedule. as impressive as any potential presidential candidate. over the last ten days, a flurry of speeches and fund-raisers has taken her from buffalo new york to chicago to beverly hills. this afternoon, pennsylvania. she key notes the conference for women in philadelphia. it ends a week where we learned every woman in the senate, democratic side is privately signed a letter urging her to run. hollywood in the form of the once close supporter who had split with them to support obama in 2008 is wacking enthusiastic. otherconfidants claim she is running. >> i'm behind hillary if she runs. that's up to her. if she runs, i'm in. >> clinton seems to have a higher profile than the sitti
MSNBC
Oct 31, 2013 3:00am EDT
defend his signature law today. >> i'm confident these marketplaces will work. because massachusetts has shown that the model works. yes, this is hard. the health care system is a big system. and it is complicated. and if it was hard doing it just in one state, it is harder to do it in all 50 states. especially when the governors of a bunch of states and half of the congress are not trying to help. yeah. it is hard, but it is worth it. >> the president was in boston trying to reboot the conversation around the new health law. house republicans were back in washington hard at work investigating the law's troubled debut. >> once again, here we have my republican colleagues trying to scare everybody. >> will the gentleman yield? >> no, i will not yield to this monkey court. >> today, the monkey court was back in session. this time with health and human services secretary kathleen sebelius fielding the questions. from congressmen eager to get to the bottom of the rocky health reform rollout. did you know, for example, that kathleen sebelius used to be governor of kansas? >> madam secreta
MSNBC
Oct 28, 2013 3:00pm EDT
to charge more. there are reasons to not be too afraid. the law has various complicated mechanisms that compensate insurers, a lot of cost will get transferred to taxpayers and that's a problem for the federal budget but may not be a problem for the insurance market. as long as the system is working right for 2015, the insurers will say we had an unusual circumstance where we ended up with a lot of sick people and now cross our fingers, it is working in 2015 and we expect more signups. they may not push the rates up so much. the insurers have a lot of reasons to want it to work. they don't want a death spiral with skyrocketing insurance rates more than any of the rest of us do. it's not time to panic yet. the sooner the better they can get the website fixed the less we have to worry about the enrollment problems. >> extending and delaying was not an original part of the plan, but neither were the incredibly problematic glitches that we're having to deal with now. there's -- i'm really not that surprised you have a number of democrats pushing the extending at least the enrollment pe
MSNBC
Oct 31, 2013 11:00am EDT
health care law is a bad idea and we need to fix it or nix it. the president's approval rating has hit an all-time low. 62% not approving. and they want to send lawmakers packing. >> it's always to the republican in congress' benefit when they don't have anything legislatively to do, and at the moment, all they have to do is beat up on the president and that's working, i think, all politicians should use this moment as a time to talk about what the country needs and what your party is for and more importantly, how you make the country a better place. >> joining me now is democratic senator bob casey of california. we saw eric cantor suggesting that president obama knows the enrollment numbers that exist to date and obama alluded to it yesterday when he said that more people were buying new plans online than a couple of weeks ago. the president has enrollment data that the president continues to hide. two republicans are set to endorse a bill to force the secretary to release weekly reports about what's happening on the website. so do you think, do you feel the administration knows a wh
MSNBC
Nov 5, 2013 2:00pm EST
for a victory that would be a referendum on the president's health care law. while democrat terry mcauliffe is hoping to pull off a win that would be a referendum on the tea party. both candidates punched ballots early this morning. voter turnout has reportedly been high throughout the morning in virginia, a sign that could be good for democrats. in new jersey, hot race, of course involves republican chris christie against barbara buono. he is looking to accepted a message to his own party get democrats to support him as well. his supporters are hoping for a romp that would shatter the record margin for new jersey republican in a historic kri blue state and propel an all but assumed bid for president. richard liu is in the garden state where he spoke with voters. first let's go to luke russert in mclean, virginia, where both are expecting more than 2 million people to vote. luke, i know earlier today you were dissecting the map in virginia, cutting up the state and what we'll be watching in the results. >> reporter: yeah, tamron, turnout is the name of the game here in virginia. i
MSNBC
Oct 29, 2013 12:00pm EDT
, it's the whole law. >> the bottom line is the problems with obama care run deeper than just the website. >> the problems go well beyond a flopped website. >> it is clear obama care and flaws are much more than the website. the website is the tip of the iceberg. >> this week republicans smelled blood in president obama's claim no americans would be kicked off their existing plans. >> let me repeat this. nothing in our plan requires you to change what you have. >> and yet as nbc reports a detailed look at the legislation shows that the administration knew that more than 40 to 67% of those in the individual market, or some percentage of 14 million americans, would not be able to keep their existing plans. never mind the fact the new plans will offer more comprehensive coverage and sometimes at a lower price tag, this is clearly the next front in a war on the nation's health care law. >> we know this morning is the president knew that these letters were coming. in the president knew these letters were coming and still indicated that you could keep your health care plan if you liked
MSNBC
Nov 5, 2013 5:30am EST
take the handgun and you modify it to make it look like something it's not, but it is a lawful gun, owned by the brother. he's someone that does have a drug history. he has used drugs, but what possessed him to do tonight what he did, no one can really say. >> the mall will remain closed today as the investigation continues. >>> we also have a more complete portrait of the man, paul ciancia, who is the man accused of going on a shooting rampage at l.a.x. friday morning. he moved to california just 18 months ago and bought three guns. he was said to be a loner, quiet, introverted. even his roommate said the unemployed motorcycle mechanic was difficult to get to know. ciancia was reportedly carrying a smith & wesson assault rifle when he shot a bystander and three tsa agents, killing one of them. gerardo hernandez, seen a year ago while reviewing the i.d. of none other than kris jenner. the other two agents have, we have been told, left the hospital. the union representing the 45,000 tsa agents has called for arming all of its members. the shooter's condition is improving, but he has
MSNBC
Nov 1, 2013 4:00pm EDT
that law enforcement officials say is always at the front of their minds. >> not more than three weeks ago, we took every one of our officers, our patrol officers, and a couple hundred officers from the los angeles police department, and we practiced the exact scenario that played out today. we played out today. and i was talking to the officers involved in this particular incident a few minutes ago. and they said that that training was critical to how they responded to this. >> joining us now, heather mcgee, vice president of demos.org, and msnbc contributor, james patterson. welcome to you both. james, a person takes an assault rifle into a very public place and starts shooting. this is all way too familiar, isn't it? >> you know, i was just talking to our camera operator here about this, and i was asking her, how many times have we been in this situation, where we're getting ready to come on -- those of us who cover the news media, this is all-too-familiar, dejavu all over again, trying to cover a story, unfolding, there is a shooting, victims, we're trying to figure out the profile
MSNBC
Nov 4, 2013 10:00am EST
rejected oklahoma's bid to revive a state law that the state's own high court said would effectively ban all drug-induced abortions. nbc justice correspondent pete williams joins me now to explain. pete, is this about ru-486 and like drugs? >> it is. it's about a two-pill system for inducing a medicinal as opposed to surgical abortion early in a pregnancy. it involves ru-486 and one other pill. what several states have done is to say if you're going to use these pills, doctors have to abide by the original fda labeling. none of the doctors who prescribe this system were using the fda labeling because they said it required too much medication. it required doctor visits that weren't necessary and it would have vastly restricted it. the oklahoma supreme court struck the law down saying it was unconstitutional. oklahoma appealed to the supreme court and in the spring, the court agreed to hear the case, but it said we're not quite certain what this law means. oklahoma supreme court please define it for us. last week the answer to that homework assignment came. the oklahoma supreme court s
MSNBC
Nov 1, 2013 2:00pm EDT
shot and you'll see that in the video and they have a badge. they appear as law enforcement and they are law enforcement really but not armed. the reason that is, most of the airport police departments in this case, the lax airport police, los angeles airport police department, and as pete said, that's who shot the gunman. so they are usually the ones who are nearby at the checkpoints and standing back and blue uniform, armed and you know, they don't -- that's the way they like it. they know who their people are. generally speaking the tsa agents are not armed and the airport police officers are armed and that's -- that appears what happened here. >> we're still obviously waiting to get confirmation and more details here, but jim, some of the reports as you well know indicate that this person had a rifle and one would wonder if this was a weapon that was hidden in a bag? did he pull it out before -- pull that weapon out of the bag before getting there or did somehow people believe he was a law enforcement personnel? it is not a hand gun you could conceal under a jacket. >> it is a gr
MSNBC
Oct 28, 2013 9:00pm EDT
law failed by seven votes. when seven republicans who had co-sponsored the bill, had co-sponsored the idea, suddenly walked away from their own proposal after i endorsed it. so, they make a proposal, they sign on to the bill, i say, great, good idea. i turn around, they're gone! what happened? >> what did happen to the republicans who supported that idea before they voted against it? what happened, for instance, to senator john mccain of arizona? an early and at times impassioned supporter of immigration reform on moral principles on pain of rebuke from his own party, john mccain kept pushing comprehensive, compassionate immigration reform, because he said he believed deeply that it was the right thing to do, until somebody changed the channel, and all of a sudden, it wasn't the right thing to do anymore. >> at this point, if your original proposal came to a vote in the senate floor, would you vote for it? >> it won't. it won't. that's why we went through the debate of -- >> would you? >> no, i would not. >> that was john mccain saying no, he would not vote yes on his own bill. john m
MSNBC
Nov 4, 2013 12:00pm EST
fragmented management that saw several government agencies overseeing different parts of the law without a single point person. david cutler, harvard professor and former presidential adviser. they were running the biggest startup in the world and they didn't have anyone who had run a startup or a business. it wasn't only mismanagement that doomd doomed the rollout, fear of republican sabotage and concerns over the 2012 election set the disaster two years before the site launched. "washington post" reports the white house slowed down important regulations that had been drafted months earlier, to wait until just months after president obama's election. medicare's top risk analyst, it was the president's most significant domestic policy achievement and the very aides that pushed the law through congress were risking bad implementation for a short-term political gain. regarding the president's infamous promise if you like it, you can keep it, some white house policy advisers objected to the breadth of keep your plan, they were overruled. in recent days, current aides have downplayed
MSNBC
Oct 28, 2013 12:00pm EDT
spotlight, you do your jobs, all the while upholding our most cherished values and the rule of law. fidelity, bravery, integrity. that's your motto. and today we're here to welcome a remarkable new leader for this remarkable institution. one who lives those principles out every single day, mr. jim comey. before i get to jim, i want to thank all the predecessors who are here today. we are grateful for your service. i have to give a special shout out to bob mueller who served longer than he was supposed to, but he was such an extraordinary leader through some of the most difficult times that we've had in national security. i consider him a friend. i'm so grateful for him being here today. thank you very much. [ applause ] >> now, jim has dedicated his life to defending our laws, making sure all americans can trust our justice system to protect their rights and their well-being. he's the grandson of a beat cop. he's the prosecutor who helped bring down the gambinos. he's the relentless attorney who fought to stem the bloody tide of gun violence, rub out white color crime, deliver just
MSNBC
Oct 30, 2013 1:00am EDT
care act. it described. he was describing what was written into the law which is that we would, the law would grandfather in those who had insurance and liked it and wanted to keep it even once the affordable care act was implemented. and i understand that yeah, there is more to that story. because of choices that insurance companies made to change the plans that individuals might have had. >> also, today, in a house ways and means committee hearing, republican chairman, dave camp asked head of center for medicare and medicaid services about this all. >> i want to mention a letter i received from my district. and this man wrote me and said, my wife has been recently informed by her insurance carrier her health care policy does not comply with the affordable care act now. we must purchase a approximately see to get the coverage at an 18% increase in our premium. what happened to the if you look your insurance you can keep it, question. what would you say how to that individual? >> i would take him back to if you were in the individual market you were living at a 50%, half the people
MSNBC
Oct 28, 2013 11:00am EDT
today. we've got to implement this health care law. the computer deal will get fixed up, don't worry about that. everybody has forgotten, by the way, that when president george w. bush, a republican, put that medicare part d drug program in, it was more unpopular than the health care law and they had terrible problems with the computers. >> congresswoman, it was eight years ago that the federal government rolled out medicare part d, a prescription drug benefit, and it was the first time that medicare was launching into this exclusive private health insurance plan. only 21% of americans at that time had a favorable understanding of what medicare part d was and now people would think they couldn't live without it. without proper enhancements as we live and learn. so do you think as we stand right now with the fact that the president was re-elected on obama care and it passed both houses and also vetted through the supreme court, do you believe that all americans deserve access to affordable health care? >> absolutely every american should have access to affordable health care. every am
MSNBC
Oct 28, 2013 4:00pm EDT
reminder, as he defended the health care law on sunday in virginia. >> look at america today. we have got to implement this health care law the computer deal will get fixed up. don't worry about that. everybody has forgotten, by the way, that when president george w. bush, a republican, put that medicare part d drug program in, it was more unpopular than the health care law, and they had terrible problems with the computers. >> terrible problems with computers. you see? but never fear. our 30 rock neighbors over at "saturday night live," they got the answers. >> if our site keeps freezing, we've also provided links to other helpful websites, such as kayak.com. where you can purchase airline tickets to canada and buy cheaper prescription drugs. >> now, listen. canada has already given us ted cruz, so i think they've done just about enough. let's get right to our panel. with us from washington is dana milbank, political columnist for "the washington post." msnbc analyst and former are rnc chair, michael steele. and in san francisco, msnbc contributor and president of voter latino, maria ter
MSNBC
Oct 28, 2013 5:00am EDT
filed under the state harassment law. >>> key west, florida, more than 1,000 people turned out to watch the super hero parade. it was lead by diana nyad that swam from cuba to key west a few months ago. >> and a goolish experience for halloween. spooky decorations and flashing lights and masked workers are part of the experience along with the wash and wax options. very nice. >>> coming up, former massachusetts senator scott brown tests the waters in the granite state. that and the best political buzz of the morning. that is straight ahead. but first, your first look at business. good morning. >> good morning, that's right. apple slated to report it's earnings after today's closing bell. analysts expecting companies to beat estimates as a result of record breaking sales this quarter. in other news, rick snyder expected to testify in detroit's bankruptcy eligible trial today. the governor orchestrated it. twitter hits the mid-atlantic today with a meeting in baltimore as twitter executives do their west with investors around the company. >>> just ahead, he weighs in on the nsa list
MSNBC
Oct 28, 2013 6:00pm EDT
tonight with national implications. a judge blocked key parts of the texas abortion law. >>> why wendy davis' courageous fight could have national implications. >>> plus their actions scream out that they're rooting against president obama in every way. now we have a republican admitting it. on live tv. >>> and why halloween is not an excuse for poor taste and ugly racial stereotypes. my commentary on this photo that's getting so much attention. >>> and friend or foe, i want to know. reply al is ahead. peace of mind is important when you're running a successful business. so we provide it services you can rely on. with centurylink as your trusted it partner, you'll experience reliable uptime for the network and services you depend on. multi-layered security solutions keep your information safe, and secure. and responsive dedicated support meets your needs, and eases your mind. centurylink. your link to what's next. try align. it's the number one ge recommended probiotic that helps maintain digestive balance. ♪ stay in the groove with align. add brand new belongings from nationwide ins
MSNBC
Nov 1, 2013 12:00pm EDT
nominees in order to nullify laws, stymy legitimate policymaking and reverse pac, keep liberal judges off one key appellate court in order to conserve its conservative balance for as long as possible. joining me today senior writer for "politico" magazine glen thrush, host of disrupt karen finney and writer from the "washington post" sam stein. wonderful people. thank you for joining me this friday of fridays. glen has more time with these slacky magazine deadlines. >> packed the court. >> we have talked. i think there's new polling out. there's a discussion about both parties being at once hurt by recent sort of scandals, allegations, problems, and gaining ground on other parties because of the problems on the other side of the aisle. this republican wave of obstruction that we saw in and around raising the debt ceiling and reopening the government continues in i think a more insidious way with these nominations. i wonder, glen, harry reid talked about the nuclear option, which is using simple majority to clear nominees. that was put down as it were. some concessions were made. do you th
MSNBC
Nov 1, 2013 5:30am EDT
abortion law situation. a federal appeals court overturned a lower court's ruling that blocked a series of new abortion restrictions. the ruling lets most of the new limits take effect immediately. means up to a dozen clinics won't be able to perform abortions. the restrictions will remain in effect up january when the appeals court considers the constitutionality of the law. the restrictions came into the spotlight of course after democratic state senator wendy davis launched a 13 hour filibuster against the legislation back in june. eventually it became law earlier this week, things were overturned and not flip-flopped yet again. >>> supporters of the stop and frisk policy scored a victory in the courtroom. a panel of federal judges put a stay on a previous ruling that required changes to the policy. in addition, the panel has removed the judge from the case saying she compromised the appearance of impartiality surrounding the litigation. the panel also says she steered the lawsuit to her courtroom when it was filed six years ago. she's been vocal making statements and appearin
MSNBC
Nov 1, 2013 8:00pm EDT
impacting texas women. >> yesterday, a federal appeals court reinstated parts of texas' anti-abortion law that a lower court had struck down. the law that blew up during the epic filibuster means as many as 13 of 36 clinics in the state that provide abortions will have to stop doing so immediately. yesterday's appellate court ruling means millions of women in the state of texas will not have access to reproductive health services. but it wasn't the only big decision to come down yesterday. >> the federal court of appeals has now blocked changes to the nypd's controversial stop and frisk program. >> in new york, a federal appeals court froze a lower court's ruling that had stopped stop and frisk practice. and that ruling means thousands of people of color in new york city will be stopped and will be frisked because the court said they could be. both of these decisions came from the federal appeals court. the court presided over by judges who are appointed by the president and confirmed by the senate. the decision, these judges have massive impacts on all of our lives and no one understands
MSNBC
Oct 28, 2013 2:00am EDT
seem to get anything done and it doesn't seem to make any sense. >> we start with what is the law of the land. the governor doesn't think it's going to work, but now, this is the plan and it's not working when it comes to limitation. how disappointed are you with this rollout where you think you have a good story to tell because you set up your own exchange? >> at 12:01 a.m. when our exchange opened up to enrollment, kentucky started swarming all over our exchange, all over our toll free lines, and in about four weeks, we've had over 300,000 kentucky yaian trying to sign up for obama care -- >> mostly medicaid, though. it's not young people getting the insurance plans to really make this system work, correct? >> of the 26,000, 21,000 are in medicaid, 5,000 are in qualified health plans, but we've got another 10,000 going onto the plans that are in the process of choosing. you know, it's a lot quicker to get somebody enrolled in medicaid once you find out they're eligible. when you go to the plans, they've got to look at all the details and pick the plans that they want. you know,
MSNBC
Oct 29, 2013 7:00pm EDT
? >> it could be the iud. it's anything that stops implantation. it depends on the wording of the law. so some supporters of it wiggle out by saying we never got far enough, necessarily to get the law passed. we might have negotiated that out. they even put at risk some oral forms of contraception. >> wall street has reached its highest level today. the dow jones gained 111 points and closed at a new high in history. in history, the s&p closed at a record high as well. he kills our enemies and he makes us rich. so why are you bitching? what is the problem with the right? why don't they ever -- even in their own self-negative money interests, kwbt they aleast say i'll say this about this customer, at least he makes us rich. and he kills our enemies. if w did that, they'd make him the next saint. >> that's been the pattern with democratic presidents. they're hated. >> last question to you, joan. can't he make them happy even by making them rich and killing our enemies? what does he have to do, this guy? >> apparently not. apparently not. they are so bought into thinking that he is, you
MSNBC
Oct 31, 2013 6:00am EDT
law is trending downward amid frustration with its glitchy launch. 37% say the law was a good idea. down slightly from a month ago. 47% say it's a bad idea. 40% say they are less confident based on what they have seen and heard and just 9% say they feel more confident. half say their opinion hasn't changed. when it comes to the quality of the website, 37% believe the problems will only last a short time and 31% believe it's a long term issue. 30 say it's too soon to say. it's not just the presidentess critics panning the rollout of the affordable care act. his own cabinet secretary calls the website miserably frustrating. health and human services secretary kathleen sebelius struck an apolo gettic tone during testimony yesterday on capitol hill. she faced an almost four hour grilling on this. nbc's kelly o'donnell was there. >> reporter: a crisis on her watch. would you consider giving people more time to enroll? >> some democrats are asking for that. >> reporter: healthercare.gov website kathleen sebelius drew a lot of attention. and spectators came to hear what went wrong. >> you
MSNBC
Nov 5, 2013 6:00am EST
laws. and now, interestingly, a couple generations later, really the chambers of commerce and the rotary clubs of the country are the republican establishment. >> right. >> the insurgents who were fighting against eisenhower and were the goldwater guys and became the reagan stalwarts are as uncomfortable with the right as they were with the left. i think it's arguable that the center of gravity for republicans is somewhere between cultural conservatives and more radical guys and the rotary club, kiwanis club, chamber of commerce folks who are focused on the bottom line. >> tell us more about ricketts. he's a really, really conservative guy. >> he's a really conservative guy. >> he's come in to this race to say, enough, we want the pro business conservative pro life guy. >> he's not a guy that's traditionally had culture war politics. he's focused the -- his super pac was focused on spending. the proposal made to him when he was looking to spend money to defeat obama the proposal made to him by a conservative super pac by some republican consultants was to take on obama over revere
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Oct 28, 2013 11:00pm EDT
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Nov 1, 2013 7:00pm EDT
to derail the health care law at all costs. republicans withhold all support when the law first makes its way through both chambers of the commerce in 2009. in 2010, scott brown of massachusetts wins the special election up there after running a campaign to kill the legislation. his victory gives the gop 41 votes in the senate which gives them the power to block any fixes or improvements in the new law. republican governors across the country refuse to build their own state exchanges putting unexpected pressure on the federal exchanges. then congressional republicans refuse to give hhs the money it needs to build the federal exchange. then there's the obstruction campaigns. they include gop darling like rush limbaugh and dick marsh ways to avoid or sign petitions rejecting their exchanges. then there's the gop icing on the cake. the shutdown and the threat to blow up the economy. strong stuff. ron reagan, i want to start with you. this has been a concerted effort. it's like when you read about lincoln coming to washington because the secession movement has begun. they didn't give this
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Nov 5, 2013 9:00am EST
people in this country to speak clearly at the ballot box about the impact that this law is having on their lives and on our economy. and this race is a very clear choice between a strong supporter of it and the first attorney general in america who stood up against it. >> well, the 2009 governor's race in virginia did give us a hint that a 2010 republican wave was coming. the biggest take-away we get tonight might not be about which party is up but about the future of the tea party. the contrast between ken cuccinelli in virginia who is running as a strong conservative tea party-backed candidate and the new jersey governor, republican chris christie, whose calling card is collectability, is clear. >> i absolutely that what you're going to see tomorrow is something that hasn't happened in this state in a generation. i had all kinds of folks whispering in my ear today, "i'm a democrat. don't tell anybody i'm voting for you." >> though christie is running for re-election as governor, his campaign team is hardly hiding the fact that they want to run up the score tonight a la george w. bu
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Nov 5, 2013 1:00pm EST
one morecambe pain in me. the campaign to make sure this law works for every single person in america. >> after a month of stumbles, president obama is trying a new tack to turn around public opinion of the glitch-filled healthcare.gov website. marilyn tavenner who managed the rollout said fixes on track to have the site running smoothly by the end of the month deadline. will it be enough to convince users to log on again? >> i think it's very confusing. i know my time is up. i think it's very confusing about where you go. we hear about navigators. i can tell you people really don't know. >> a very happy election day to you. i'm kristen welker in for andrea mitchell. we're watching two big races on election day that could provide a blueprint for what to do and what not to do in major political contests to come. joining me for our daily fix chris cillizza, host of "in play." tim russert and editor mark murray. thanks for being here this afternoon. luke, i want to start with you in virginia. polls showing a close race. mcauliffe has a little bit of a lead there. it all depends o
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Nov 4, 2013 6:00am EST
handling of the law. >> i think the key thing that the president is trying to get away from and that is he told people they could keep their insurance and that wasn't the truth. whether you like the model of obama care or not the fact the president sold it under a model is not true the. the only way he can rebuild credibility is work with republicans and democrats and rebuild a foundation. we got to have a president that can lead. right now he's not able to do so. >> as for the website government officials say healthercare.gov will go off line temporarily on a daily basis to fix its ongoing issues. >> robert gibbses i want to go back to something that was said before in the "the washington post." it's stunning that you have the biggest start up ever run by somebody that had never run a start up before or had business experience before. i mean, looking back, people are scratching their heads for years how did they make these mistakes. how did mistakes like this happen inside the west wing? >> i think that's a fairly devastating story because it is clear -- i think there's one line in the
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Oct 28, 2013 7:00pm EDT
part of a new texas law placing restrictions on abortions as unconstitutional. the ruling allows a number of effecting abortion clinics in that state to stay open. >>> penn state says it will pay nearly $60 million to men who claim they were sexually abused by jerry sandusky. >>> and inmates that escaped through a shower room have been caught. back to "hardball." >>> we've got to implement this health care law. the computer deal will get fiked up. don't worry about that. everybody's forgotten, by the way, that when george w. bush a republican put that medicare part "d" drug program in, it was more unpopular than the health care law and they had terrible problems with the computers. our side, we're not so ideological. so instead of screaming about how incompetent they were, we tried to help people understand the law and make it work. >> welcome back to "hardball." isn't he great? that was former president bill clinton stumping for terry mcauliffe. coming up next, we're going to talk about what really happened in benghazi. first let's look at how the health care exchanges are working
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Oct 29, 2013 11:00pm EDT
incredibly bad rollout. >> you didn't read the law as nancy pelosi said you should. >> it's not just health care.gov that's glitching, the entire enterprise of obama care is doomed to failure. >> this law itself is born from an architecture that's just not workable. >> the foundation he's talking about is the system of health care exchanges. >> you leave medicare as is, or you can have federal subsidies so you can go out and buy your own. >> in the medical exchange. you have coverage options within medicare, you get to pick among these plans, they have to meet at least medicare's criteria. >> the ryan plan uses federally run exchanges just like obama care. >> it transforms medicare into a plan that's very similar to the president's own health care bill. >> obama care takes everyone in the individual market and puts them on regulated government run insurance exchange, one step closer to singer payer, but not there. the ryan plan takes seniors on medicare, a single payer system and puts them on a government run exchange, one big step backward. so you think the rollout of a federal exchange fo
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Oct 30, 2013 1:00pm EDT
with the law. you have 30-ish percent saying it's indicative of broader issues. that's the sort of rub here politically speaking. is this about a website that everyone has acknowledged is not working the way it should, or is it sort of the leading edge of a broader definition that the law is just not ready for primetime? if it's the former, i'm not sure how damaging it is politically. but if it's the latter, you're going to hear a lot about health care, healthcare.gov and the law more broadly in 2014. remember, this is an issue that animates the republican base like none other. base politics matter much more in a midterm election with lower turnout than a presidential. >> we saw the usual theater of a congressional hearing. both parties back and forth. everyone had their very rehearsed one liners. let's watch. >> some people like to drive a ford, not a ferrari. some people like to drink out of a red solo cup and others crystal stem. you're taking away their choice. >> unlike chicken little, my colleagues are rooting for this guy to fall. >> dorothy, at some point in the movie, turn
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Nov 4, 2013 2:00am EST
signature health care law. >> we are just going to keep on working at it. we're going to grind it up. >> one year ago this week, president obama beat former massachusetts governor mitt romney in the 2012 election. now the president invokes the name of his defeated gop rival to defend health care reform. in just a moment, governor romney joins me for an exclusive interview. and president obama's approval rating is at an all-time low. obamacare is at a rough start. more u.s. spy revelations have rocked even our closest allies. and did the president consider replacing vice president joe biden with then-secretary of state hillary clinton? that's according to a bombshell in a new book "double down, game changing 2012." bob wood card, katty kay, david axelrod, bill kristol. i'm david gregory in washington. >>> and good sunday morning. the killing of a tsa agent at los angeles international airport is raising questions about the motives of the 23-year-old suspect, and also airport security. do tsa agents need to be armed? our justice correspondent pete williams will be here in a little whil
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Oct 31, 2013 2:00am EDT
. then it's that the entire law needs to be replaced. the republicans have yet to offer any alternative. 40 plus votes to repeal the law is not a viable alternative. we heard ted cruz argue that it will bankrupt america. they say that the law will actually reduce the deficit by hundreds of billions of dollars. then there's this little sugar blum, that it will wreck the economy. that's a hard one to make when the stock market hit an all-time high. thank you congressman. i'm beginning to fall in love with everybody in new jersey. tell me about the tenor of the discussion today. >> it was all scare tactics and the gop trying to sabotage the affordable care act. the first thing was this idea that you mentioned at first about the insurance companies taking away your plan. this is private insurance in a competitive market. so the insurers that are canceling these individual policies are doing so because they are not going to be able to sell them. if you have a skeletal plan that has very few benefits and cost a lot and somebody else is on the exchange that has better benefits and
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Nov 5, 2013 1:00am EST
prosecution also reveals the risks of federalizing criminal law. observers have long warned against allowing the federal government to encroach on the traditional state function of enacting and enforcing laws. claims to enforce foreign laws against foreign and u.s. citizens. these regulations were not made by the u.s. congress or some executive agency but by a foreign government with unfamiliar procedures. every one of those words, every word i just read to you from the first to the last appear in a 2003 case study from the heritage foundation you see on the screen now. just so you can officialize it. these three highlighted pages of the book from buzzfeed show how dense the copied portions are in governor paul's book. i guess it comes down to some kind of strange -- not that there was a mistake made and has been made in a number of other cases where words were taken down and used as his by a staffer i assume. he refuses to admit the obvious. this isn't a battle between him and rachel maddow or anyone else. this is a battle between him and evidence that has built up from a search engine that
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Oct 31, 2013 10:00am EDT
sorry. we take responsibility, but we're getting it fixed and this law is a good one. >> a rot of it will depend on the next few weeks. it the administration can fix the problems people have and the dislocations will seem less scary to americans because we've said, you know, the administration has said there is this huge change coming and they've defended it over and over again and now the execution is going to be put to the test. hundreds of thousands of people who are getting notices are not going to understand why their insurance is being canceled unless they sign up for new plans. >> the president pushed back on the whole concept which the republicans have been pounding over the last few days. let me play that for you. >> for the fewer than 5% of americans who buy insurance on your own, you will be getting a better deal. so anyone peddling the notion that they're canceling almost all of the insurers are encouraging people to join with the better carriers and stronger protections while others will get better plans with new carriers through the marketplace and that many will get ne
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Oct 30, 2013 5:30am EDT
he'll use the massachusetts health care law as an example of how obama care can succeed. >>> if recent revelations about the extent of the nsa spying abroad were meant to shame the country, it didn't work. director of national intelligence james clapper saying the u.s. had spied on foreign leaders for years. he says those countries have returned the favor drawing a cinematic comparison. >> do you believe the allies have conducted or at anytime any type of espionage activity against the united states of america our intel against services or others? >> absolutely. it reminds me of casablanca. my god, there is gambling going on here? same kind of thing. >> on what ground? >> i'm shocked to find gambling is going on in here. >> your winnings, sir. >> thank you very much. everybody out. >> a great scene. without giving specifics, clapper suggested the overseas operations shouldn't have come as a surprise to the white house. meanwhile, nsa director keith alexander flatly denied reports that the u.s. had collected data from millions of phone calls in france and spain. he says the information
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Oct 31, 2013 5:00am EDT
morning show americans are split over the health care law. it is all in the new nbc news "wall street journal" poll. it reveals bad news for president obama. tracie potts is live in washington with all of the details. >> reporter: good morning. in the poll, the president's approval rating is at an all-time low. it's he at 42% compared to 51% now disapprove of how the president is doing his job. and take a look at how that has changed over time. going back to january, the beginning of his second term, he was at 52%. then we had the irs scandal and the benghazi hearing. it dropped a bit. by june, the nsa leaks came out. edward snowden was leaking information about america's secrets. his approval rating dropped again. and then by september with the president's critics saying he was indecisive on syria, we saw it drop down to 45% and now 42%. interestingly, the president's likability until now has held up, but for the first time that's upside down, as well, with 41% looking at him positively compared to more, 45%, seeing him in a negative light. and a lot of this now has to do with this t
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Nov 1, 2013 11:00am EDT
-election want to delay because they don't want to face the people that are being affected by the law because they want to win their election. that should tell you everything you need to know about what's going on here and how people are perceiving it. the president's numbers are in the tank. >> joining me is kentucky congressman john yarmuth. as a member of the energy and commerce committee and he was there for wednesday's hearing. sir, great to have you with me. politico has in print what's been pretty obvious all along, talking about gop sabotage. quoting from the article saying the opposition was strategic from the start. derail president barack obama's biggest am sbition and derail obama himself. the evidence, the bread crumbs of this trail is all there and a major part of that sabotage has taken place at the state level. only 17 states are running their own exchanges and 26 have turned down medicaid expansion. is state level obstruction the biggest obstacle to the aca being a success? >> i don't think there's any question about it. all you have to do is look at my state and cali
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Nov 4, 2013 3:00pm EST
a majority getting insurance under the law are the kind of low income people who probably get food stamps too and not going to be the best people to talk about it at an event, the kind of people republicans criticize and you do see that weariness often here. that's one thing i would point out. >> perry bacon, you've unwittingly unveiled something about the cycle, we are pro hugging. the book that's got washington talking for better or worse, abby has thoughts on this thing called "double down" we'll spin on that as "the cycle" rolls back on this first monday in november. my employer matches my charitable giving. really. i get bonuses even working part-time. where i work, over 400 people are promoted every day. healthcare starting under $40 a month. i got education benefits. i work at walmart. i'm a pharmacist. sales associate. i manage produce. i work in logistics. there's more to walmart than you think. vo: opportunity. that's the real walmart. shhhh! i have a cold with this annoying runny nose. [ sniffles ] i better take something. [ male announcer ] dayquil cold and flu doesn't
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Oct 31, 2013 3:00pm EDT
, but the law really didn't. as you mentioned, there does seem to be a lot of patience from americans, more so than folks from the media. i'd also mention folks on capitol hill, including democrats, who are very nervous. they were just meeting with the obama white house today going over what they are very worried about regarding this website. but they do have some time. they don't have a whole lot of time, but they do have some time. the white house has circled that november 30th date on its calendar. i think the entire political world, journalists, politicians, everyone else is going to be able to see if they make that time, if they make it by november 30th, there's not going to be a big problem. if all of the sudden there are problems that come along after november 30th, then i do think that we end up getting to a situation where this becomes a much bigger political problem. >> one of the biggest, most interesting numbers out of the poll for me was that 50% think that we are likely to have another shutdown. i think that number needs a lot of unpacking. who are these folks? are they
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Oct 30, 2013 6:00am EDT
spending levels that are in existing law, that were passed in 2011 and signed by president obama, substituting various alternative savings for the sequester, if we can, while maintaining the savings. i'd suggest two other things i'd like to see, number one, let's end government by crisis. let's have a measure, a standing bill that says whenever the congress doesn't finish it's appropriations process, we just have an automatic continuation at the previous year's level. let's avoid shutdowns, thirdly, finally, let's give the administration flexibility in managing through the cuts we do have. i think if we do those three things, we will save money and avoid these manufactures crises. >> sam stein, are you next. >> senator, can you elaborate on sequestration relief? as i heard you, you said you don't want to increase the spending caps when sequestration takes effect. but you'd like to give the administration flexibility on how to manage the cuts in the various agencies. is that what you are saying is going to be the end game here? >> not entirely the story, in my view, i think we oug
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